Hamsterley 50K

Well I did it!! nearly….. near as damn it!

Having fuelled up at a BBQ saturday night I was all set…. except for the small matter of the big painful grazes on my knee.

In order to protect said knee I decided and was encouraged to wear my knee pads. Which I duely did and did not fall over all day! didn’t need them at all! bugger!

But they did manage to rub all the hair off my knees and all the scabs off my grazes and a fait amount of infection into my leg that has had me laid up at home for 2 days…. watching 24.

The Ride! It was not technical, it was long and hard and hilly, in fact it felt like I was basically climbing for 4 hours!


  • Time moving: 3 hours 35 mins
  • Time Stopped: 1 hour 10 mins
  • max speed : 57.7 km/h / 35.9 mph
  • moving average : 14.32 km/h / 8.9 mph
  • total distance : 48.11 km / 29.9 miles

Most of the stopped time was for checking directions on my map and taking photos. If you ever get chance to ride round Hamsterley forest you should it is gorgeous, quiet and really quite peaceful.

I didn’t quite do the full 50k due to a navigational error which I don’t feel too bad about, and wasn’t going to be so anal as to ride round in circles for a few km just for the numbers!

I saw a couple of deer although not as close as last time when one jumped on the bonnet of my car!

The riding was mostly on fire roads, wide tracks used by vehicles and the occasional bit of singletrack.

Photo’s of the day are here:LINK

One Response

  1. GAWGEOUS!!!

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